Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Human trafficking

The story of the Nepalese worker who is suing KBR and a Jordanian partner, Dawood and Co., is making waves here. The story is that KBR allegedly recruited 13 Nepalese workers to come to Amman and work in local hotels, but on arrival they were forced to go to Iraq and their passports were confiscated here.

The interesting part is that Dawood and Co. apparently is partially owned by Bassem Awadallah, our controversial but beloved head of the Royal Court. The record of the company has mysteriously been expunged from the Companies Control Department website.

Anyway, one would imagine that only people of influence could get restrained, passport-less workers across the border to Iraq.

The parliament is relishing this. Nariman Rousan (who recently compared Awadallah to Elie Cohen) wants a committee of which she is a member to investigate, even though it is outside the mandate of the committee. Who cares about mandate when you are playing politics?

Mohammad Abu Rumman has a more sober assessment. In his article he ignores the Awadallah connection, but emphasizes the seriousness of the suit, and how it will reflect on the country. This is the most important point.


At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A minor correction. The Nepalese workers who were moved to Iraq did have their passports with them when they were in Iraq.

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/chi-nepal-1-story,0,5497142.story

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Ali Dahmash said...

I don't think the Jordanian Public realy cares about the fate of the Nepalese, and since when does government offcials care about this if they are persoanly involved, in case that is true!

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the campaign to punish the perpetrators was gaining momentum until Nariman Rousan got involved and all of a sudden people pulled away. She is a most reviled figure in Jordanian politics second only to Ahmad Awidi Al-Abbadi. As a matter of fact, Nariman Rousan seems to only go after Jordanians of Palestinian origin. heck the moment i heard her name involved I almost found myself defending Awadallah, the guy whom I most despise. but i decided to stay out of it. jordanian politics is so corrupt the notion of fighting corruption just does not exist. i think progress in jordan is becoming a hopeless case. and i have no doubt powerful figures are busy lighting ethnic fires to distract jordanians from the horrific mess the same people have started. and of course all you need is a few morons to pour gasoline on the fire. time to take the first flight out.

At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question:
Could the palace itself be directly involved in all kind of deals involving logistic support to the American occupation?

ie... to quote his majesty from his July 1st interview: "is he a partner or not aware"? and to quote him again "both are unacceptable)

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